Concert venues in Canal St-Martin, Ourcq and Villette

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New Morning

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Jazz fans crowd into this hip, no-frills joint to natter, drink and boogie to the consistently excellent live music. Low key it may be but it's still worth looking out for the occasional A-lister - the likes of Spike Lee and Prince have been known to grace the New Morning with their presence as have Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. Even when there's no star draw things rarely laps into MOR territory, New Morning plows a rather more specialised groove: think free jazz, fusion and funk.

  1. 7-9 rue des Petites Ecuries, 10e
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Point Ephémère

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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This is one of Time Out's 100 best bars in Paris. Click here to see the full list. Housed in a former warehouse for art deco construction materials, Point Ephémère capitilises on its position next to the waters of the Canal Saint-Martin with a great outdoor area. In 2004 it was an artist’s squat of some 1,400 metres squared, which quickly became hugely popular and near permanent – to the chagrin of Paris’s City Council. Today, this breeding ground of all things artistic organises exhibitions, concerts and evenings of independent music specialising mostly in cutting edge pop, rock, electro and hip-hop, all of which are within reach of youthful budgets (€10-12 entry).  We like the Berlinesque setting with its layers of graffiti, its bare concrete, its enormous glass roof and its small-scale exhibitions. In summer from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, the aperitifs attract the crowds – reaching the bar can be something of an achievement. You can eat lunch and dinner here on the pretty, sunny terrace, and the food is good if a little expensive for the portion size. You’ll jump every time a fire engine zooms out of the neighbouring fire station, but will soon settle back in next to the water.

  1. 200 quai de Valmy, 10e
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L'Alhambra

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Lady Gaga played in this Art Déco style music hall before she was famous, and now streams of artists (both up-and-coming and confirmed) grace the stage for concerts that include pop-rock, slam, chanson française and a sprinkling of jazz and heavy metal. The venue holds between 600 and 800 people, so it’s the perfect size for atmospheric, but intimate gigs. It's also in a top spot for a post-concert night out along the Canal St-Martin.

  1. 21 rue Yves Toudic, 10e
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Café A

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Located in the 18th-century former convent of Les Récollets, Café A is unique, nestling as it does into one of the corners of this beautiful building of huge white stones. It’s an artistic landmark beloved by Parisian initiates – to reach it, you’ll need to navigate your way through an iron gate and across a cloistered courtyard. Open until 10pm in winter and until midnight in summer, the huge space is decorated with works by young Parisian artists, in a series of exhibitions that’s refreshed every so often over the course of the summer. But the real draw of this bar is its secret garden, protected from the street by a surrounding wall – a vast, poetic courtyard planted with old trees.An array of chaises longues are set out like an invitation to relax, peacefully reading a book during the day or with a glass in hand in the evening. On the menu are good quality (but not cheap) organic and biodynamic wines, as well as bruschetta, salads, charcuterie and cheese plates and a main dish of the day – order at the bar if you don’t want to die of hunger, as service is slow and quickly gets overloaded. Be aware that it closes at 10, so come in the day for the best of the garden, or before 7pm to be sure of finding a seat outside.The café also puts on a cool programme of entertainment: small concerts on weekends, but also cine-concerts, live sets from underground music station Radio Nova, artistic performances and DJ sets get the courtyard moving. The weekend programme can be found on t

  1. 148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 10e
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